Christians today hold divergent views on homosexuality. This chapter reviews the key biblical material on homosexual practice and considers scientific and theological explanations of the origin of homophile attraction. Finally, an indication is given of the multi-faceted response of the gospel to the needs of the homosexual person and the importance of Christian churches being communities of acceptance and friendship. Parliament has reduced the age of consent for male homosexual intercourse to 18 years and a further reduction to 16 years is on the cards. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the armed forces may no longer exclude homosexuals. The repeal of section 28 of the Local Government Act which prohibits the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities is firmly on the political agenda and, generally, continuing change is expected.
Biblical and pastoral responses to homosexuality - Evangelical Alliance
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Answered by Jimmy Creech, former United Methodist pastor for nearly 30 years at the center of the controversy around the blessing of gay and lesbian unions in the church. A growing number of religious groups have issued statements officially welcoming LGBTQ people as members. What is at the heart of the position that the Bible is clear on the subject "that homosexuality is forbidden by God? How do you view the Bible's or God's position?
Within Christianity , there are a variety of views on sexual orientation and homosexuality. Even within a denomination, individuals and groups may hold different views, and not all members of a denomination necessarily support their church's views on homosexuality. This article focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, covering how the extent to which the Bible mentions the subject, whether or not it is condemned, and whether the various passages apply today, have become contentious topics.